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‘Makaton Friendly Status’ for Newry and Mourne Adult Learning Disability Team

24th January 2020

The Southern Trust’s Newry and Mourne Adult Learning Disability team are celebrating after achieving ‘Makaton Friendly Status ‘.

The award was presented to the team by the Makaton Charity in recognition of their efforts to promote Makaton and ensuring the locality team base at Drumcashel House, Newry is an inclusive, accessible communication friendly environment for all service users who have communication support needs and their families / carers.

Makaton is a language programme that gives everyone a helping hand to communicate and is proven to develop speech, language and communication skills. Makaton uses signs, symbols and speech to help people to communicate and reduce feelings of frustration and isolation.

For further information on Makaton and on becoming Makaton friendly, please visit